We use SAML authentication (Google) for the majority of our users, students on Chromebooks. Because this method is in position 1, when students log in to their device, their Dashboard automatically loads from ...login/saml without additional clicks. This is meaningful especially because we have younger students on devices.
Parents use Observer accounts with passwords by logging in to .../login/canvas; however, they run into the problem that their Canvas notifications contain hyperlinks that route them to the SAML authentication, confusing most Observer users.
Initially I set up a Discovery URL to address the authentication issue; however, this means that every student logging on to their Chromebook now has to select that they are a student upon logging in. This creates an extra step for students, again thinking of those younger ones.
Thank you in advance!
If it's a Canvas login page, it should be possible to modify it with Global Themes.
We modify several of the elements on the login page. https://ccsd.instructure.com
Trouble Logging In - we replace the entire Forgot Password option
Parents Get Accounts Too - we append the note for Employees
Thanks, Robert! I appreciate your reply and I hope folks found it helpful.
Since our position 1 authentication method is SAML, unfortunately the page we would need to modify is the SAML authentication page, as the Canvas login page is the position 2 method that I'd like to route parents to if their credentials are not found from the position 1 method. At least that is my understanding, but feel free to correct me if anyone sees this differently!
As you suspect, that's a function of your SAML provider, and Google doesn't provide much (any) customization.
The workaround would be to create your own login provider that acts as a proxy for Google auth, and put that in position 1.
Hi Tim --
I expect you could either set the cookie automatically, or by user choice ("check this box to remember your selection for 30 days" or something like that).
We don't currently use a discovery page, so I don't have any actual JS code to share, but maybe someone else here has done something like that.
Hope this is helpful!